French shutterbug Aurelien Villette shoots "l'architecture oubliée." It's depressingly gorgeous et j'adore!!!
Another one of my helpfully hilarious videos for San Francisco Chronicle! My 2 favorite topics, houses & gender! You know I HAD to slip in some one-line zingers. Did you share a bedroom with a sibling? LMK!
Can a Bullet-Ridden Crime Scene Be Worth $1M? Yes, if it's Ma Barker's Old Hide Out!
VIDEO: How to Buy Bungalows!
Student Housing in Netherlands is Cheap & Flimsy But Hey, It's Colorful & There Is A Butterfly!
These unit are really student housing in the Netherlands. Look fun and all but apparently you can hear anything and everything, from people gossiping to neighbors knockin' boots! But when you are a student, do you really care? I know I didnt!
Was Restoration Hardware CEO Ousted For Showing an Employee His Restoration Hardware?
NY Times Implies SF Homeowners Don't Look Out For Each Other....But SF Renters Do!!
New York Times published a totally sweet opinion piece about SF homeowners vs SF renters. Writer Peter Orner says his neighhors, who are renters, contributed immensely to the community and how they will be sorely missed when their house is sold (gasp!) to a buyer. "I fear that the more affluent this area becomes, neighbors — people who look out for each other — will become fewer and farther between."
But um, can't homeowners also be devoted & involved to their neighborhoods too? Gee, didn't know homeowners were such cold heartless souls!!
Now I don't have high standards. I could live in a house with bugs, ghosts, or Snooki! But even this is too gross for me! Serial killer cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer's former house is on the market for $329k. Can you imagine eating breakfast in the same nook where he ate someone's face?! Brings new meaning to Captain Crunch!
My Home Decor video series for the San Francisco Chronicle continues. Today's topic is "large window styles"! Click my pic to open. What are your favorite window styles?
"Huffington Post Live" kicks off its Video Broadcast format. I think it's cool & hip, where talking heads are beamed in through their webcams, Google+ hangouts, skype. It's very now! (Who needs a TV studio anymore!) But what is interesting to me is that they launched HuffPost Live with a very specific real estate topic of all things (and of all people actor John Cusack?) called eminent domain. Clearly, housing is a hot subject!
They are just getting started but I think the medium of live blogging is supposed to be more engaging. I don't think their discussion was very balanced. They should have taken some questions from tweets and viewers too. Oh, and a strong opposing point of view would have been nice too!
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a contributor to Huffington Post
This guy in South Carolina had a history of grand theft & fraud in Florida, but he still was able get his real estate license in South Carolina. Guess what? By using his access as a realtor, he started stealing jewelry from homes that were on the market. What a creep! The awful thing is that his criminal record was out in the open, if his brokerage had just bothered to fully vet him. Tsk tsk!! We can do better folks!
You Won't Believe What This Top Realtor Forced His Assistant to Do!! Devil Wears Prada For Real Estate!
NYPost reports real estate NYC broker Jack Terzi is being sued by his assistant because:
This may sound atrocious but I have noticed many top top producers are jerks. They kiss their clients' butt but behind closed doors they enslave their assistants! Assistants: Get out while you can! Anne Hathaway did and so can you!
They say it's tough to be a home buyer now with a scarity of inventory, but it's just as bad for renters! Apartment List breaks it down below. Their snazzy infographic tracks rents alongside the tech IPO's.
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